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State Legislative Work • Successful Lobby Corps visits by each university • Online voter registration passed/implemented • LME increased in State Grant funding • HEAPR/Bonding funding for state universities passed • Two Twitter chats held in support of 2014 HEAPR funding • LTEs written by board members/published
Federal Legislative Work • Successful trip to Washington, DC • Senator Franken mentioned Kari Cooper in floor speech on Affordable Textbook Act • Worked with SAC to support SELF Loan exemption and textbook bill
MnSCU Advocacy • Internal process in place for Charting the Future work/students appointed to committees • Increased student participation overall in MnSCU committee work • Testified regularly to MnSCU Board of Trustees
MnSCU Advocacy • Governor selected student trustee recommended by MSUSA • Student trustee regularly attended MSUSA conferences • Tim Comes participated on MnSCU panel
Organizing/Student Engagement • Nearly 30 visits across all seven campuses, with multiple visits to each campus • Conferences were well-attended and productive (Delegates Assembly conferences & Lobby Corps training) • Brainstorming sessions at conferences enabled student discussion/collaboration
Organizing/Student Engagement • Created new organizing model/pilot program proposed and funded for new on-campus organizers • Increased activity/engagement in Diversity Advisory Committee • Increased interest in student officer positions
Communications • 15+ media mentions, including articles featuring State Chair Griffin • Social media presence expanded (Facebook, now 2,000+; Twitter, now 850+) • Expanded MSUSA update list • Increased Lobby Corps engagement in communications through videos/blogs
communications • 100+ posts to MSUSA blog • Published annual report • Surveyed students regarding awareness of MSUSA for assessment/future tracking • Name change/logo/re-branding in process
Alumni Work • Alumni attended conferences and presented sessions • Second annual Outstanding Alumni award presented • Alumni participated in Twitter HEAPR chats • Alumni attended scholarship fundraising events • Re-established and grew Alumni/Friends Facebook group
Alumni Work • Alumni spotlights regularly posted • Engaged alumni in re-branding process • Former State Chair Miles interviewed on MPR (SELF Loan) • Working to solicit applications for Alumni/Friends Board • Holding Alumni/Friends reception tonight!
Scholarship Program Work • Planned Scholarship Week to promote programs • Provided fall Penny awards (spring awards TBD) • Anticipate another successful Penny Golf Scramble • Working on changes to build/grow Penny Program • Held successful JPS Mini Golf Fundraiser (150% of fundraising target)
Special Projects • Obtained grants to support financial literacy work • Created and carried out successful “Walking Debt” financial literacy campaign • 2,000+ interactive questionnaires taken by students on debt/credit cards/budgeting • Writing grant application for GOTV work this fall
Office Management • Staff/officers moved to more efficient/user-friendly timesheet • Established long-term venue for Twin Cities Delegates Assembly conferences • Maintained and improved office organization/human resources • Enhanced student conference materials • Updated MSUSA conference room infrastructure
Organizational Improvements • Contracted with professional parliamentarian for meetings • All governing documents updated/approved • Quarterly meetings established with MSCSA
Organizational Improvements • Working to change structure of Chancellor meetings • Increased number of interns at MSUSA • Chose new database to better meet organization needs and re-organized data